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1934 — 2018

Max Childs, 83, of Eugene, passed away from cancer on April 25, 2018. Max was surrounded by his family, in his home, at the time of his death.

Max was born August 28, 1934, in Albany to Myron Keith and June May Childs. Max was an only child, and spent much of his time with aunts, uncles and cousins. He loved to attend the annual family reunion, with his kids and grandkids in tow.

Friends and family remained a top priority throughout his lifetime.

Max was married to Donna Joann Bailey in 1954. They had two children, Mark and Tammy Childs.

Max was later married to Patricia Jean Kendall. They divorced in 1992.

Patricia precedes Max in death.

Max was a lifelong employee in the newspaper business. He was employed at the Albany Democrat Herald from 1954 to 1961, and the Register Guard from 1961 to 1997.

After several decades as the Circulation Manager for the Register Guard, he retired in September of 1997. He celebrated with a retirement party, surrounded by co-workers, friends and family.

Max was an avid fisherman, with a love for anything outdoors. He spent much of his life hunting birds, deer, elk and antelope. To try and count the number of fish caught by this great outdoorsman would be an impossible feat. He spent several months each year residing in his trailer at C&D Dock and could be found out on the river in his fishing boat bright and early each morning. Even as he battled colon cancer, Max managed to make his annual trip.

Max also had a passion for old cars, Fords in particular. Anyone who knew Max knew they would never find him behind the wheel of anything other than a Ford. Max won several awards for his beautiful 1951 Ford, which he restored with his son, Mark. They had recently begun doing a few additional restorations, and worked on it together until his health would no longer permit him to be in his shop.

Max is survived by son, Mark Childs; daughter Tammy Childs-Crossland; and daughter-in-law, Cindi Childs; four grandchildren, grandson Travis Crossland and his wife, Dana, granddaughter Lacey Crossland, grandson, Zach Childs and his wife Emily, and grandson Alex Childs; and three great-grandchildren, Amelia, Remey, and Keaton.

Max was surrounded by so much love and admiration.

We are currently working on a date and location to hold a celebration of life in honor of Max. This information will be coming soon.

Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary.

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